Teachers, you've never been so popular. Both deputy prime minister Nick Clegg and education secretary Nicky Morgan want your views on reducing workload, and social mobility tsar Alan Milburn wants your help in closing the gap between rich and poor. Oh, and while you're at it, can you make sure pupils brush their teeth properly?
Is there a catch? Of course there is. There's an election looming and the public sector vote is important. However, workload is a huge problem for the profession, so any interest in how to solve it should be welcomed by even the most cynical teacher.
The response to stagnating social mobility neatly answers the question as to why workload is such a problem. Inequality is undoubtedly one of this country's most important issues. But piling the pressure on schools and adding to their already considerable burden is not the answer.
Teachers, who care deeply about the achievements of their pupils whatever background they come from, are now being faced with a proposed bundle of punishing educational targets, as well as a toughened-up inspection process, to help close the gap between rich and poor.
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